Elizabeth Collins-Calder Earns National Award

| December 14, 2018


Boston – Elizabeth Collins-Calder, director of leadership development at building contractor Suffolk, recently was presented with a 2018 Learning In Practice Award by Chief Learning Officer magazine, during an awards ceremony in Houston, Texas.

Collins-Calder joined Suffolk in 2009 in the marketing department and was named to her current position in 2018.

Established in 2003, the Learning In Practice Awards are given to learning industry leaders who have demonstrated excellence in the design and delivery of employee development programs through a combination of qualities such as leadership, vision, business acumen, and strategic alignment.

Collins-Calder was honored with a Silver award in the Business Impact category, which recognizes learning executives who have implemented a significant measurement or evaluation program that has demonstrated exceptional business impact from their workforce development programs.

Boston-based Suffolk’s goal is to grow and expand its business into new regions and sectors. To ensure the company can sustain that trajectory, Collins-Calder and her team created the Leadership Accelerator Series and Emerging Talent Series to strengthen the company’s pool of capable leaders by focusing on three things: alignment to business priorities, skill development, and mentoring nationally.

Both programs are designed to ensure alignment to the firm’s business strategy. The LAS focuses on individual sessions such as influencing others, crafting mission, vision and strategy, delegation and situational leadership, and coaching for performance.

The ETS focuses on mindfulness, managing your boss, learning the business fundamentals and giving and receiving feedback. This allowed session participants to engage in dialogue and consider different levels of experience, new perspectives and how to strengthen the company’s pool of candidates. The company has since seen the initiative excel, with participants’ average ratings for the programs totaling 4.04 out of 5 and boosting overall employee satisfaction 8 to 10 percentage points higher than the average national benchmark.


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